Designed to a “T”

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The Social Department

Great range of graphic t-shirts’s from The Social Department; “hand printed by a couple of humans in the state of Ohio”. Using awesome typography, they create fun stuff for design nerds, foodies, “athletic supporters” and regional lovers. All t-shirts go for $25 & they offer both men’s and women’s sizes. (As always, click to shop!)

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Cozy Up For Fall

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I don’t often share my own work on this blog – it’s way more fun to celebrate other people! But today, I’m making an exception. See, I’m delighted by the way my latest decor run for Threshold @ Target turned out, and humbled by the great response it’s been getting. So I thought I’d show how it began, about a year ago, with these two pieces of inspiration:

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These images became my muses (I’m sorry to say, I don’t know the original sources). In my head, I saw a collection that was warm and cozy and autumnal, yet unexpected. Modern, yet easy and comfortable. Natural, with a bit of sparkle. And now, all these months later, it’s a reality. Here are a few pics…

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Many of the “Gold & White” Collection items are available on-line (click HERE if you’d like to check them out), and of course in-store too, but the assortments there are already looking pretty lean.

While we’re talking autumnal decor; I also designed a more traditional assortment with a seasonal palette for those wanting a splash of fall color. (One of my colleagues designed the mercury pumpkins – in copper, gold, silver and white – they make super cute accents for Halloween &/or Thanksgiving!)

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Thanks for indulging me in a little personal show & tell and have a great weekend, everyone!

-Sonjia

Today’s Track – This Is the Day, Ivy

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Craving a light, poppy number to perk up this autumn day. This is the Day by Ivy from the album Apartment Life, 1997.

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Girls’ Code

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So it turns out, coding is the language of the future. (So says, well, people with far greater technical knowledge than I.) And in that future, more and more jobs will revolve around having a command of those skills. Today, less than 1% of high school girls are interested in Computer Science, and only about 18% of programming / CS majors are women. Which means womens’ seats at the table and economic parity could be at risk in the decades to come. But Google aims to change all that. They’re investing $50 million over the next three years in a program designed to creatively engage girls with code.

“We started Made with Code because even though technology runs more and more of our lives, women aren’t represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen. If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices.”

Bravo, Google.

Aussie Awesomesause

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Dan300 is an Australian company that produces a range of products, from textiles to stationery, all with a moderns sensibility and passion for color and pattern. Designer & Director Daniella (Dani) Rosen tells a wonderful tale of the earliest days of her company:

The name derived from the number plates on my old 1981 peppermint green car saw me live out my ‘dream’ of having a company car. Yes, the company car came before the business idea. On a dare, I registered the business name DAN300 designs and then set out to work out what in fact I was going to make/sell. With several years of retail & product experience up my sleeve, I followed through on starting my own business right from my bedroom floor. It is one of those stories where the first sample was glued together on the floor of my rented apartment in Sydney, I showed it to a friend of a friend who worked in a shop subsequently leading to a job offer from that shop and then eventually stocking the shop where I worked and I guess the rest is history…

Totally inspired. (As always, click to shop!)

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Laguna A6 Card & Envelope, $6.95 AUD

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Ikka Cherry A6 Card & Envelope, $6.95 AUD

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Cushion Bloom Large, $110 AUD

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Macaroons Raindrop & Citron Leather Clutch, $119.95 AUD

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Wool Flat Weave Rug Geometric C Rug, $499 AUD (sale)

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Rockmelon and Cloud Leather Zip Purse, $49.95 AUD

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Honeycomb and Camino Leather Zip Pouch, $49.95 AUD

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iPad Kaleidoscope & Camino Leather Pouch, $69.95 AUD

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Today’s Track – Dangerous (featuring Joywave), Big Data

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Just back from a couple days in NYC, so I figured some tunes out of Brooklyn would be appropriate today. Dangerous (featuring Joywave) – the single – by Big Data.

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Spring Summer 2015 Top Trends from Fashion Snoops

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A refreshing look at color trends for next spring from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the top trend stories they’re forecasting in womenswear for the Spring/Summer 2015 season.

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Summer’s Last Hurrah

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I know it’s September, and summer’s coming to a close. But I can’t help wanting one last taste…

Today’s Track – Bloodstyle, Caroline Smith

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Something easy, soft and mellow today. Bloodstyle by Caroline Smith from the album Half About Being A Woman, 2013.

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Meandering Through Merci

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Merci

Snapped a few pics while browsing Merci in Paris a couple weeks ago. Merci is a tony, yet earthy shop that boasts an eclectic array of housewares, stationery, clothing, furnishings, books and perfumes. It’s quite special: all of the profits go to charity (specifically, a foundation that helps underprivileged women and children by providing them with skills they can use to improve their quality of life). And, handily, they also ship to the US.

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Paper Prints, Please!

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The Big Harumph is one of my favorite Etsy shops. They make letterpress prints and linocut prints from a studio in a converted church in the “nitty gritty” of Wichita, Kansas. Love the modern whimsy and cheeky attitude of their cards and prints! All of the linocut prints featured here today are 8″ x 10″ and sell for $22. (As always, click to shop!)

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